Are you one of those people who look at your phone in frustration every now and then, with the knowledge that there must be thousands of fantastic apps you're not making use of because you don't know about them? Fear not - here's Made by Many's list of the apps we're using more often than the rest at the moment:
Death Rally: This is the app for you if speed’s your thing.
Toca-Boca Hair Salon: Tim was the one who first introduced us to this super fun app that allows you to change a character’s hairstyles as if you were a (slightly warped) barber. Definitely one that kids will enjoy too, even if that last bit sounds a bit counter-intuitive!
Toca Doctor: In Charlotte’s words, ‘anatomical educational fun’.
Toca-Boca Robot Lab: Another one for the kids from the Toca family of apps.
Ukiyo-e: With Japanese origins, this app is for those who like using their hands: create woodwork designs in the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e method. Paul Sims' contribution.
Cambox: Conor calls it ‘the greatest thing in the world right now’. We can vouch for the fact that he can be found using this app multiple times a day. It turns you into a human beatboxing machine.
ZombieSmash: A ‘surivival comedy game, featuring undead-themed castle defense and entertaining, physics-based gameplay', one of Alex’s favourites. Sounds excellent.
Lunchbox: Another of Charlotte’s favourites, because it teaches her daughter ‘numbers, colours, object recognition, memory game and keeps her quiet for *ages*’.
Tiny Riot: Tim and Conor are both big fans of this stress-busting app (or that's how it was marketed in the beginning!).
Lemeleme: Patrik says it's one of the many apps made by Asian app developers who rarely get coverage in the Western media, and it often has a new twist to the feature set.
Labelbox: A great app for photo-fans, especially Instagram lovers.
Video Time Machine: From Patrik again, this app is all about ‘video clips, ads etc from 1860 to the present. Great time waster.’
Loopcam: Watch your pictures and videos in loop, again and again and again and again and…
Diptic: Tom and Charlotte continue to be fans of Diptic, because, as Charlotte says, it gives you “hours of fun creating composite images”.
Tweegram: ‘The new cute in Twitterdom’ – another succinct summary of why Charlotte likes this app.
Social networks / RSS readers
Google Plus: The network that grew from 0 to 10 million+ users in just a few weeks, this is one app that has found a place on a lot of our phones.
Feedly: The feed reader you’ve missed so far; “If you are an existing Google Reader user, you can think of feedly mobile as a faster and more visual overlay with lots for sharing options and seamless 2-way integration“, says the app’s blurb.
Radio Soulwax: Resident DJ Conor gives us his opinion of this app in one word: ‘amazing’.
Spotify: The music service continues to be popular amongst the Many.
TNR-i: One of Tom’s favourites, this app ‘allows anyone to create music intuitively, as if you were creating sounds in space’, says iTunes. That’s pretty – erm – insightful (or not).
Tune In Radio: Another of Tom’s choices, this app gives you access to over 50,000 radio stations.
Biophilia: Björk got a lot of positive press for her app recently, a ‘multimedia exploration of music, nature and technology’.
Review: Designer Tom likes Review, the app which enables iOS interface designers to quickly look at their mockups on an actual device – useful.
Liveview: Also design-related, Alex likes LiveView, which helps create graphics for mobile apps.
Prompt: This app was called out by Paul Sims. It is an SSH client for the iPhone or iPad.
Rebtel: Patrik says this is the only way he makes overseas calls.
Whole Foods Recipes: Tara vouches for this app , and says, “it has a lot of really good recipes and a simple interface where you can search by dietary requirement, ingredients, course etc. Everything I've made as been really yummy so far as well...”